Living and working in Berlin I am always seeking some kind of outdoorsy compensation on the weekends. Luckily it is not always necessary to travel far to discover new places. Together with Jana I was hiking around Schermützelsee recently – not to be mistaken with Scharmützelsee – as I was told.
Taking Müncheberg railway station as a starting point the route extends across 21k. Getting there takes approximately one and half hours (from Berlin central station).
The path itself is quite easy ranging from small tarred streets to forest soil with only a few meters of altitude to overcome. There is a beautiful circular track you can follow around the lake. To get there just follow the natural trail from Müncheberg central station to a small city called Buckow. Once you get there you can either strictly follow the circular path around the lake or take a sneak peak up the fields or one of the various panoramic lookouts, as Jana and I did. It is just a slight detour from the actual route but most definitely worth the view.
Some places you will encounter walking the path are the ‚Strandbad‘ right at the begining in Buckow – where the fries are really delicious by the way – and the Fischerkehle a restaurant (depending in which direction you are walking of course) almost at the end of the track. Although I cannot tell if the food is good, since the kitchen was already closed that day, I can tell the coffee sure was tasty.
If it is a warm summer day make sure to take a towel so you can sunbath and go for a swim along the way. The water is beautifully clear and there are some quite good places to kick back and relax alongside the track.
To get an overview of the area have a look at the map here.